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Front Page - Friday, April 15, 2016

Extend your living area with a functional outdoor space

Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga

Terry Greene

Now that Chattanoogans are finally shaking off the cold, it’s a great time to enjoy the milder spring weather in the comfort and style of a custom outdoor living space. The lines have blurred between indoor and outdoor living areas, and a new deck or patio can provide the perfect gathering place, party spot, or personal retreat.

Consider these factors to help determine whether a patio or a deck is best for you:

Do some research

Certain areas or neighborhoods have building codes or terrains that dictate whether you build a patio or deck. For example, if you have a rocky backyard terrain, a raised deck may be your best choice, as opposed to the costly excavation needed for patio construction. A raised deck also may work as a better option for low-lying yards that tend to become soggy when it rains. The HBA of Greater Chattanooga is a good source for this type of information.

Look at your budget

Decks can be a more affordable option than patios, but concrete, while more expensive, tends to be the sturdiest material with the lowest maintenance needs.Remember that site preparation is important for drainage, grade and proper placement, which can be a lot of work for the do-it-yourselfer. When in doubt, budget for a professional with the experience, not to mention equipment, to do the job right.

Consider how the space will be used

Before beginning your outdoor project, assess your space. Where do you have the best sunlight? Do you want to use your space for dining or grilling? If so, do you have a large enough area for tables and chairs? Is there one area of your yard that is quieter and has more privacy from neighbors? A good home builder, remodeler or landscape architect can help you design a master plan that’s right for your space and your ideas.

Building a great outdoor space is worth the hard work and cost. Not only does it add to the value of your home, it also provides a unique gathering spot for the entire family.

To find a qualified builder, remodeler, or landscape architect in the Chattanooga area, visit the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga website at HBAGC.net or call (423) 624-9992.